The Australian International Screenwriting Awards (AISA) is a screenwriting competition committed to the discerning selection, recognition, and professional growth of emerging screenwriters from all over the world.
Australia, our home base, is a perfect merging of great cities and abundant nature. From big waves and rainforests to mountains and the massive outback. You can be diving the Great Barrier Reef one moment and checking out a contemporary art exhibit the next.
In this huge country that also happens to be the world’s smallest continent, you think you know what to expect but adventure and diversity lie around every sun-drenched corner. Each city is distinctly stimulating, ideal for a people so vigorously experimental, readily immersing themselves into the arts, the ocean, a sensory overload of biodiversity, a thriving cafe culture, or an intriguing cinematic history.
The Australian film industry began in the early 1900s and since then has produced internationally recognized filmmakers and actors who have made names for themselves locally as well as in Hollywood. Our country is perhaps the only one that can boast of numerous filmmakers who made it here first before venturing to the United States, Hong Kong, or Europe to further their craft and their international careers.
Our vision is to discover new talent in screenwriting, and we are passionate about opening exciting opportunities for them internationally.
We at AISA want to provide a platform of opportunities for top screenwriters. As such, our artistic director has created a robust and passionate panel of readers and judges to select our winners. With great discernment, we take a critical and unique approach to script critique, with decision-making based on a blend of artistic merit and entertainment value. Scripts are deliberated on fairly and substantially, with writers’ information kept confidential to ensure that writing is based solely on its quality and potential.
The top 10 winners are selected, and from this roster we award a first, second, and third prize winner and seven semifinalists.
The first prize winner will be awarded:
- A one-hour phone call with a top film development executive
- Two 15-minute consultations with film executives
- Our official laurels
- An InkTip introductory membership that includes access to hundreds of production companies
- Script coverage from our pool of professional screenwriters
The second prize winner will receive two 15-minute consultations with film executives, our official laurels, and script coverage from our pool of professional screenwriters.
The third prize winner will receive a 15-minute consultation with a film executive, our official laurels, and script coverage from our pool of professional screenwriters.
Semifinalists will receive our official laurels as well as script coverage from our pool of professional screenwriters.
We welcome stories of all genres and themes from everyone. Every narrative is worthwhile. Extraordinary ones need to be known.
May the best story win,
The AISA Team
- Entrants must be eighteen (18) years of age or older.
- Submissions must be written in English.
- Submissions must be in PDF format.
- Submissions must be the original work of the writer(s), and all rights must be wholly owned by the writer(s).
- Submissions under a pen name will be immediately disqualified.
- Submissions are only accepted electronically through our website or partner websites. We do not accept hardcopy submissions by mail.
- The script cover page should include title, name, email, and phone number.
- Submissions can be in any film or television genre.
- There is no limit to the number of projects you may submit.
- Submissions must be no longer than 150 pages in length. No exceptions.
- Submissions must be received on or before the deadline(s) of 4:59 pm Australian Eastern Standard Time (11:59 pm Pacific Daylight Time previous day) and payment must be made in full at the time of submission.
- Once a script has been submitted, we will not accept substitutions or revised drafts. If you wish to submit a revised draft, you must enter it as a new submission.
- Submissions will not be returned, so please ensure that you retain a copy.
- Entrants retain all rights to their work.
- Scripts submitted to other competitions or contests are eligible.
- Professional writers and previous contest winners are eligible.
- Judges, employees, and/or family members of AISA and/or its affiliates are not eligible.
- Submissions that have been previously optioned, purchased, or produced are not eligible. If a submission becomes optioned, purchased, or goes into production between the time of submission and the end of the competition, the script will no longer be eligible.
- Entrants are prohibited from contacting judges during the competition. All judging decisions are final.
- Entry fees are non-refundable and void where prohibited by law.
- The AISA, its judges, and/or its officers accept no liability whatsoever for any claims of damages, real or perceived, by any entrant as a result of their participation in the competition.
- By entering the AISA, you hereby accept these rules.
TO BE ANNOUNCED
SPRING 2020 WINNERS
Descendants of the Dragon
by Alan Sim
by Ron Leach, Kristian Hodko, and Jonathan Wilson
by Scott Hennelly and Sean Monahan
The People vs. Frankenstein
by Nicola Cuti and Kevin M. Glover
by Joseph D’Urso
Get a Life
by Olivia Mayberry
by Daniel O’Sullivan
by Jason Partridge
by Tom Sime and Greg Derasmo
The Farrell Girl
by Lyndal Simpson
My Daughter, Susannah
by Michelle Cutler
by Martin Grigorov
by Malcolm Wong
Bully: The Incredibly True Story of Australia’s Most Dedicated War Nurse
by Joshua A. Cohen
A Tiger’s Tale
by John Culton
The Queen’s Mark
by John Culton
There’s Something about Finch
by T.R. Elger
by Katie Found
Little Things Mean a Lot
by Michael Monteith
The Thursday Whaler
by Damien A. Mulvany
I don’t live in Australia. Can I still submit an entry?
Absolutely. Our judges love to read scripts of all genres no matter where you’re from. Just keep in mind that submissions must be written in English.
What are the requirements to enter?
Please see SUBMISSIONS for complete details.
Does my screenplay need to be formatted?
Yes. All submissions must be in PDF format, and should follow the standard industry format. Submissions can be features as well as shorts for film or television (drama or comedy). Handwritten entries will not be accepted.
What information should I have on my title page?
Your screenplay cover page should include title, name, email, and phone number. For privacy concerns, we ask that you do not include any of this information within the body of your screenplay. Having said that, we’re aware that some competitions ask that you remove your name and contact information from the cover page. No need to worry if you end up doing so as we’ll still accept your entry. We have your information via our submission partners. We just prefer to have it on the screenplay as well.
Can I submit more than one entry?
Yes. There is no limit to the number of projects you may submit.
Can I submit an entry on behalf of a friend?
No. The writer(s) and owner(s) of the copyright must personally submit an original work.
What qualifies as “an original work”?
All rights must be wholly owned by the writer(s). We cannot, and do not, accept adaptations of books, plays, or other source materials that were written by someone other than the writer(s). However, if you are the writer(s) of the original book, play, or short film then by all means feel free to submit.
What genres are accepted?
We welcome all film and television genres.
Will you claim any rights to my script or any percentage of future profits?
Absolutely not. You retain all rights to your screenplay at all times.
Do I need to register my screenplay to enter?
No. But you should always make it a priority to copyright your work. This can be accomplished, depending on your location, through the Australian Writers’ Guild (AWG), the Writers Guild of America (WGA), or the U.S. Library of Congress Copyright Office.
What is taken into consideration during judging?
The primary factor in our decision-making process is, is it a story well told? For us, this means a story that is uniquely engaging and brilliantly developed. It should be written and formatted properly for the screen. We also score submissions for characterization, dialogue, style, clarity, originality, and structure. The primary and overriding decision-making factor is whether or not the script is entertaining and something we would like to see brought to the screen.
I made a few changes to the screenplay I submitted. Can I go ahead and send along my revisions?
Please note that once a script has been submitted, we are unable to accept any revisions or corrected pages for that submission under any circumstances. We have a great team of readers who act swiftly on each and every submission, but not the resources to read and reread the same (or similar) material over and over again. If you wish to submit a revised draft, you must enter it as a new submission and pay the additional entry fee. Unless the rewrite has been fairly substantial, however, we do not suggest you doing this.
What will you do with my contact information?
Will you return my submission(s) to me after the competition?
No. Submissions will not be returned, so please ensure that you retain a copy. Furthermore, we do not store your material, so please be sure to back up all your creative work in a safe place.